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Default Mysteriously Shrinking Food Packages

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I've noticed this phenomenon for years...Breyers Ice Cream used to be 2 Quarts back in the day, then it went to 1.75 and now its a miniscule 1.5 quarts. For $3.99 (Pricechopper) a box that's ridiculous...if I go to Shaws its $4.99 which is brutal but its a relative steal at $2.99 at Hannafords.

Note: I have a near photographic to photographic memory and I comparison shop at grocery stores so I can tell you anytime a price goes up at any of the 3 stores I frequent. Its a gift and a curse in that I know when things are a good price but I also know when we're getting gouged by another price hike. Eggs for example. I remember paying $0.89 for a dozen Large eggs at MarketBasket (A MA grocery store) when we lived in MA in 2006. Now we pay anywhere from $1.89 (Shaws) to $2.59 (Hannafords) for the same dozen eggs. What the heck man? Bread, Butter, Fresh (and frozen) veggies/fruits, milk etc have all skyrocketed in the past year or two. The only things that are ever on sale are packaged meals and other crap that we don't eat like chips/snacks. Trying to eat healthy cost $$$.
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It's all Gil's fault...well, it's the fault of the people she works for.

All those products need to get from the production facilities to the distribution centers to the stores. All of this requires nice big trucks which run on gas. Gas prices nearly double, costs to transport them spikes and in turn the price of the merchandise increases to cover those costs.
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It's all Gil's fault...well, it's the fault of the people she works for.

All those products need to get from the production facilities to the distribution centers to the stores. All of this requires nice big trucks which run on gas. Gas prices nearly double, costs to transport them spikes and in turn the price of the merchandise increases to cover those costs.

I know the reason but its brutal seeing the prices go up a few cents everytime I go to the store.
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Problem is, you can't STOP buying food unless you opened your own farm.



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All those products need to get from the production facilities to the distribution centers to the stores. All of this requires nice big trucks which run on gas. Gas prices nearly double, costs to transport them spikes and in turn the price of the merchandise increases to cover those costs.

And SBX, don't EVEN go there.
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Problem is, you can't STOP buying food unless you opened your own farm.
Even that would cost more as I'd still have to buy my cattle, chickens, sheep etc corn/oats to eat for which the price has also gone up. Even the fuel for my farming equipment would make it a tough sell. Those gov't subsidies would be nice though.
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oh, but I did Gil.
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At this point it's the speculators and OPEC. Not the oil companies and certainly not my tiny little company.


Also, frankly, Ethanol is more to blame than gas/oil.
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put it's oh so much fun to poke you like this.
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Not doing a very good job, SBX. I'm not even irritated at you. You should really work on that, you know.
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I'm lazy, so I wouldn't expect much more then this.
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http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com...RecordPay.aspx

But then again, THOSE jackasses give us a bad name.
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but I find a combination of the local farmers' market and Trader Joe stores keeps me pretty happy.
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The ice cream thing has been happening for longer than oil prices have been spiking. I noticed it 10 years ago--you used to get a half gallon, but they cut it down by just 12% or something so you don't notice it.

I'm sure it's just a way to increase revenue and decrease cost. You go get a half gallon of ice cream for the family, and find out it's not enough. Next time, you get two. Or, if you're cheap like me, you eat less. Either way, they're selling you less cream for the same price.
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Actually, trains and big tractor trailer trucks run on diesel which is quite a bit more expensive than gas. I know around here it is about 70 cents a gallon more for diesel.
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Inflation. That's why the European Central Bank increased the interest rates. Perhaps your FED could consider the same.
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What, and cause MORE people to loose their houses?
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They did it to themselves with adjustable rate mortgages and interset only ones...I feel no sympathy.
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I figured that. I'm just annoyed that the Senate passed a mortgage bailout bill yesterday 84-12 in favor of helping those idiots.
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Im more pissed about the FISA thing.
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